Environmental Document signed for Lamar Reliever Route

August 15, 2013 - Southeastern Colorado/CDOT Region 2 - DENVER – The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) signed the Environmental Assessment (EA) for the U.S. 287 at Lamar Reliever Route Thursday, August 15th.

Signing the completed document is required before the 30-day public comment period begins on Tuesday, September 3, 2013.  The comment period continues through Thursday, October 3.

A public hearing on the EA will be held in the Mezzanine Room at the County Annex Building, 1001 South Main Street in Lamar on Thursday, September 19, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.  The hearing will provide information on the EA findings, details on the proposed improvements, impacts to environmental and community resources, and proposed mitigation to minimize any impacts.

CDOT and FHWA are proposing to relocate U.S. 287 and U.S. 50 from downtown Lamar to a new alignment, approximately one mile east of Lamar, for a non-stop route for regional truck and automobile traffic. ­ A two-lane highway is recommended, with three new interchanges and provisions for two future local access points along the new highway. This highway would be expanded to four lanes in the future.